Fifteen years of changing lives and giving artists with developmental disabilities a voice are celebrated in a special evening highlighting the career of Ken Hayward. Thursday, february 8th from 5-7pm. Ken Hayward is currently in hospital and has been since early December 2017 but he is fighting to recover from illness and attend the biggest celebration of his life. Ken has been selected as the 4th annual Stantec Artist of the Year and the opening for his stunning exhibit is also the Nina Haggerty Centre’s 15th anniversary.
Fifteen years ago the Nina started with just a handful of artists in a small studio space on 97 street. Today the centre serves over 200 artists with developmental disabilities and has a large facility with a gallery and Studios on 118th avenue and is looking forward to taking over additional studio space in the new Orange Hub in April to accommodate artists.
There are many amazing stories of individuals with disabilities being able to identify as artists but Ken’s is special. A sweet and gentle man, Ken has been coming to the Nina since the very beginning and his sister is confident that getting back to making art is the only thing keeping Ken alive and fighting to get out of the hospital.
The Nina invites everyone to join the celebration on February 8th. It is free an open to the public. The evening includes multi award winning Blues artist KAT DANSER performing, food, wine and of course birthday cake to celebrate 15 years. A formal program for dignitaries will take place from 6:00-6:20pm.
The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts – Changing lives through art
Since it was founded in 2003, the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts has been home to one of Edmonton’s most interesting art collectives, made up entirely of artists with developmental disabilities. What began as a collective of one has grown to include almost 200 members, whose work has been shown throughout Canada and the world.
They opened in a rented space on 111 Avenue, but eventually outgrew it. In 2009, our collective moved to its current home on Alberta Avenue, proud to be in our own building and part of a community that is revitalizing through the arts.
In the studio, artists are supported by a rotating team of professional, practicing artists who facilitate the work through one-to-one mentorship, small group sessions and workshops. Artists at the Nina work in a variety of mediums: drawing, painting, clay, fibre arts, performing arts and more.
In addition to the studio, the Nina operates the Stollery Gallery, dedicated to presenting work from artists outside of the mainstream, including members of our collective. They also offer the work of their artists for sale through our shop—onsite and online —where you can find great original work at affordable prices.